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San Jose Chamber Music Society - Beethoven String Quartet Cycle

  • Trianon Theatre 72 N 5th St San Jose, CA, 95112 United States (map)

AURYN QUARTETTAndreas Arndt, Matthias Lingenfelder, Jens Oppermann, Stewart Eaton

An outstanding career spanning three decades has made the Auryn Quartet one of the most sought-after and respected ensembles performing around the globe. The Quartet has not changed its personnel over this long period, and continues with its fresh and pioneering approach to all genres of music.

The four musicians of the Auryn Quartet play on wonderful Italian instruments: a Stradivari violin (1722, ex-Joachim), a Petrus Guarneri violin, a Brothers Amati viola (1616) and a Niccolo Amati cello. Since 2003 the Auryn Quartet has been sharing its wealth of experience with musicians of younger generations, in the form of a teaching position at the Music Academy in Detmold, Germany, where they are professors for chamber-music.

Beethoven String Quartet Cycle Year 3, Part 6

Year 3 concludes the Beethoven quartet cycle. His ‘first period’ quartets, Op.18, of 1798-1800, already demonstrate his mastery of the Classical style. The middle period “Heroic” quartets, 1806-1809, reveal his revolutionary enlarged conception. In the late quartets of 1824-26, Beethoven, now totally deaf, explored new worlds of sound.

Sponsored by the American Beethoven Society and the Ira F. Brilliant Center for Beethoven Studies, San Jose State University

Ludwig van Beethoven

  • String Quartet No. 4 in C Minor, Op.18/4 (1801)
  • String Quartet No.16 in F Major, Op.135 (1827)
  • String Quartet No. 7 in F Major, Op. 59/1 [dedicated to Count Razumovsky] (1808)

Pre-Concert Talk: Dr. Bill Meredith, Director, Ira F. Brilliant Center for Beethoven Studies, SJSU

The Auryn Quartet has performed this cycle throughout Europe and the U.S. Their Beethoven recordings won teh Classical Internet Award, and Gramaphone said: "For me, this is now the set to beat." Their Haydn CDs won a German Music Critics' Prize and an Echo Klassik Priz.

"European tradition that blends elegance of sound with seamless phrasing and clarity of detail."  – Cleveland Plain Dealer •

Location:  Main Theatre
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